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Steam cleaner
Started by Shelly B.
Posted: February 26, 2010 at 23:34
What are the thoughts out there on steam cleaners (Shark Steam Blaster)?? They claim to kill the MRSA bacteria (heat from the steam?), as well as clean / disinfect without harsh chemicals. Any thoughts before I run out and spend money on one? I'm already spending on cleaning products, so this may be a savings in the long run if it really works on MRSA. Thanks!!
Re: Steam cleaner
Reply #1 by Bob Anderson
Posted: February 27, 2010 at 05:43
I don't know anything about steam cleaners but crushed raw non-irradiated garlic diluted in water makes an excellent topical antibiotic spray that kills staph on contact

Yes, it smells like garlic but garlic kills MRSA - which is more important to you, smelling nice or being healthy?

Please read the threads on garlic on this forum or Google "garlic and staph". It will open your eyes to something neither your doctor nor your hospital know about.

Hope this helps.

Good luck to you.

Re: Steam cleaner
Reply #2 by abcdeb
Posted: February 27, 2010 at 12:08
I've used the steam mop for a while now, and I like it. It's very easy to use and I like seeing the steam (it really does make a lot of steam) and hearing it whistle :). However, the pads get washed after each use - you don't throw them away. I bleach them. I also use a Swiffer because you can throw away each pad after using it. I didn't see any specific claims that it kills MRSA, but it does say "sanitize", whatever THAT means.

If you go on, you can get refurbished ones for cheaper, but I'm not sure of quality or guarantees.

I'm interested as well. The Naturopathic doctor said to stop using harsh chemicals, and suggested wiping the house with a mixture of vinegar and water (not sure how that compares to the garlic and water), and washing with hydrogen peroxide bleach. Another question for all you cleaners: How often do you wipe down your house? I've been using Clorox wipes weekly, and now have gone to every other week. I don't want to create some super duper bug in my own home!

Thank you for bringing this up, Shelly!
Re: Steam cleaner
Reply #3 by Nancy R
Posted: February 27, 2010 at 13:13
Since I have 9 parrots, I have to use steam cleaners to keep cages clean. You have to understand that they really don't kill much bacteria. They don't steam like an autoclave, therefore, they don't really sterilize. It takes 30 minutes of sustained heat to really kill completely. However, they do remove dirt and make the removal of stuck on stuff much easier. It works well on ovens, too.

You will need more than just steam cleaners to sanitize. I use them because many of the cleaning products are just too harsh for my parrots. They have their place in the cleaning arsenal, but do not replace disinfectants. JMHO
Re: Steam cleaner
Reply #4 by Shelly B.
Posted: February 27, 2010 at 17:16
I have also heard that vinegar will kill almost anything. My sister has been using it for over a year now - just straight vinegar in a spray bottle, or added to hot water in a bucket. She's done some research and claims it kills staph (MRSA too?). Of course, she doesn't have a history of MRSA in her household either...

I have been using Clorox wipes, Lysol, bleach in a spray bottle for tubs, and a chemical from work called Virex. I try to wipe down the frequently touched items (keyboards, remotes, doorknobs, etc...) every day. Tubs, sinks, toilets, and floors in baths... get done 2-3 times a week. Floors in kitchen / dining area get done once a week. Overkill? Yes, I believe so... but I have become so paranoid that I can't help myself :)
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